The value of pacing

This is what a creative retreat looks like
on Anna Maria Island time.
(that’s Travis Thomas there . . . of infamy)

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As we wrap up this creative retreat I’ve noticed something. Taking a break from your creative work is highly productive, if

1. You don’t pick up a digital device

2. You keep moving and cogitating over what’s thwarting you

Getting in motion and pondering a thing is an undervalued resource in the modern era.

In our retreat I’ve established a few basic rules . . . rules shockingly similar to the ones in my regular work life that I don’t adhere to very well.

<sheepish smile>

The most basic of these rules is not to break off into some diversion. (I’m looking at you click bait; I’m glaring at you social media.)

Because of the short, sharp, focused nature of a creative retreat, I seem to be compelled far beyond my usual habits into actual deep work throughout alternating periods of the day.

In this retreat I’m a better me.

Now the trick is to take Slightly Better Me back home with Standard Issue Me . . . and see if I can’t switch the two permanently when I’m not looking.

The value of pacing is essentially the value of walking away but not diverting your attention.

This is how you puzzle your way through an issue.


What creators do


Note: I like to resurface older posts I think you’ll find useful or interesting, like this one.


7 elements for a perfect creative retreat
The serendipity of setting out